Audi has been hit by a stop-sale order in Europe and it doesn’t just end with the petrol powered A4 model. Even the A5 is affected along with the S4 and S5 performance models.
According to Australian publication Motoring
, this order could halt sales for up to two months and leave Audi without any petrol models to sell in a time when European buyers are skittish around diesel powered vehicles after VW’s Dieselgate scandal.
Essentially what happened was the four listed vehicles failed to meet their claimed fuel consumption figures.
With the 2.0-liter TFSI powered A4 and A5 models, Audi added a starter-generator in an effort to improve real-world fuel economy. In practice, the system actually added about 0.2L/100km over the New European Driving Cycle.
“It’s worse consumption. You don’t have the mild hybrid functioning on the test cycle. You don’t have the effect by just the standard consumption. As a customer you will have the effect and the benefit. It’s worse in the lab but better on the road,” the spokesman said.
As for the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 powered S4 and S5, both underwent a software change that raised the fuel consumption figures above what was officially quoted.
Currently, Audi is waiting for the German government to approve of their new consumption figures and because of how the Schengen Agreement works, all 27 European countries aside from Switzerland has put a stop-sale order on these models as well.